MADISON - “The 60 Yard Line” has scored a second screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival.
The Packers-themed comedy will make its world premiere in front of a sold-out audience at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Barrymore Theater. The more than 700 available advance tickets were gone in less than a week.
On Friday, the festival announced a second screening of “The 60” at 7 p.m. April 3 at Union South Marquee. Tickets can be purchased at (608) 265-2933, wifilmfest.org/2017 and at the Union South ticket office. They’re $5-$10.
Beloit native Ryan Churchill co-wrote and co-produced the romantic comedy/buddy comedy with Nick Greco. It’s the story of a guy who takes his wedding fund money and buys a house next to Lambeau Field, where he can party on game days and be near the team he loves.
It was filmed in 2015 and early 2016 at an Ashwaubenon house whose backyard is just feet from the Lambeau parking lot. It’s the same house that Churchill’s best friend bought in 2004 for the sole purpose of parking cars on the front lawn and hosting backyard tailgate parties on Packers home game days.
Along with local extras, “The 60” features appearances by former Packers players John Kuhn, Ahman Green and Mark Tauscher.
Churchill, Greco and director Leif Gantvoort are scheduled to attend the world premiere. A Q&A with the filmmakers, along with “a few special surprises,” will be part of the evening.
“I’ve never really thought of ‘The 60’ as ‘my film,’ I’ve always thought of it as ‘your film,’ meaning a film that belongs to Wisconsinites,” Churchill said in a news release. “A film that you all can show to your friends and family and say, ‘That’s me! I do that ...’ or ‘This is what we’re about!’ What better way to introduce it to the world than in Madison at the Wisconsin Film Festival.”
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Film Festival runs March 30-April 6. With an average of 150 film screenings over eight days, it is the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.
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